Learning Community: Mathematics education – teaching tips for graduate students
Description: In this Learning Community, we will focus on techniques and teaching patterns needed to reach all students no matter their learning habits. In addition, we will incorporate scientific literature in our discussions of these teaching techniques, primarily from mathematics education journal.
Fall 2018 Meeting Plans
Meeting Time: Mondays at 1pm
Location: PKH 302
Community Leader: Ariel Bowman, Ph.D. Student – Mathematics
Meeting 1: Monday, September 24, 2018
Discuss how textbooks may or may not address learning challenges
• Preparations for Calculus has changed texts many times over the last few years
• Low performing course
• Discuss teaching strategies that are helpful in intermediate level math courses.
• Reference: Do textbooks address known learning challenges in area measurement? A comparative analysis (Hong et. al 2018)
o Learning outcome: Describe several high impact, evidence-based effective instructional practices
Meeting 2: Monday, October 8, 2018
Discuss how we could incorporate education pedagogy
• Mathematics is taught from our own understanding from undergraduate and reading through textbooks
• How are education classes taught? What can we incorporate?
• Reference: Boundary crossing and brokering between disciplines in pre-service mathematics teacher education (Goos, et. al 2018)
o Describe several assessment techniques and recognize their alignment with particular types of learning goals
Meeting 3: Monday, October 29, 2018
Discuss pitfalls or gaps in our teaching styles
• What is our protocol for quizzes, homework, lecture notes, reviews?
• Open discussion
• A participant will bring an article to discuss
o Learning outcome: Describe several high impact, evidence based effective instructional practices
Meeting 4: Monday, November 5, 2018
Discuss teacher student interactions
• What is the classroom climate?
• Open discussion
• Reference: Students’ and teachers’ focus of attention in classroom interaction — subtle sources for the reproduction of social disparities (Kraus et. al 2017)
o Learning outcome: Describe and recognize the value of realistic well-defines, acheivable, measurable and student-centered learning goals
Meeting 5: Monday, November 26, 2018
Discuss standards set by instructor of records that are tenure-track and how we can better the relationship
• Open discussion about the gaps in teaching and experience between graduate students and professors
• We are evaluated on the same scale so how can we better our skills to be just as effective
• A participant will bring an article related to the topic
o Learning outcome: Access the literature and existing knowledge to develop a deeper understanding of the knowledge concerning the LC